jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, amber tinted orange colour with a very small off-white head. A lot (not too many) small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass make it a nice looking beer. Sweet smelling with vanilla and sugar dominating the smell. One of the heaviest bodied beers I could imagine, it coats the throat as it goes down, while the look of the beer looks like a normal IPA!!! Very sweet tasting with a good complex flavour, definately reminiscent of maple syrup and vanilla. I don't taste the gin qualities (juniper berries), but its defiantely high in alcohol, which could be from the fermentation of those berries. A great beer, especially if you want a sweeter barley wine. One of these would be great as a substitute for a fine port after a meal, as it is very sweet and highly alcoholic! Very well done DogFish! :-)
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprising carbonation for such a big beer. Creamy head has great staying power. Toffee w/ orange glow. Oranges, leather, wood, vanilla and maple meld together. Warm going down. I'm really impressed that the beer can be so mellow and so strong.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is sweet and strong, and after the first sip you get a burst of flavors all very good and secretly hiding the alcohol presence. Very smooth and overall another great beer from Dogfish Head!!!
kyzr (1189) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma not as strong as I thought it would be, but once lifted to the lips, the tide changes. There are a lot of flavors going on here, wish I had another to really figure it all out. Maple, vanilla, and berries were there, along with a few others. Great finish also.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
HOLY WAH! This is a very different beer. Everything about it is right up-front. It is like drinking brandy or a liquer. I really liked this beer but I wouldn't want to drink a six of it!
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Aroma extremely mild, but high ABV is detectable. Beautiful cloudy amber color. Starts sweet/fruity with malt flavor. Gradually becomes more
bitter with dry finish.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, I wasn't sure what sort of ale this was until I took a whiff - barley wine all the way. Very syrupy malt with underlying woody flavors. Nice and mellow and very round and warm. Nothing here I haven't seen but very well done.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber with pale orange head. ? berries/alcohol up front. Then citrus with a vanilla finish. Sweet malt throughtout. Different (what do you expect from DFH).
Superstar (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich mahogany-brown color. Very sweet malty nose, with strong maple, vanilla, and caramel notes. Very smooth warming and sweet. A complex, and long finish- lots of maple, a touch of vanilla and faintly spiced. Some bitterness but it is more sweet than anything. Very tasty stuff indeed.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The first thing that struck me was the color, of course. It looked a little light for a barley wine. The aroma contained wonderful hints at graininess and hops, but there was a slight caustic quality that I found off-putting. Fruity and lots of malt sweetness, a lingering mossiness and some hop singe. I am not sure if this beer balances the hops and malt to my liking. I am not sure really what to think of this brew. Elegant in it's own way. I could understand why a lot of people like it, but not my choice of barley wine, if I had my drothers.